advent house

Monday, 20 December 2010


I have a thing for houses, paper and... advent calendars. So if I could live in a paper house with a million advent calendars (all handmade, of course), I would be a very happy creative person.

Before we left post in Beijing, I found this little 'house' made from wood, with teensy little drawers. It was painted pink and white with barnyard animals all over, but all I could see was a red and white advent calendar.


It's taken me two years to get around to painting it, and I'm yet to do paint touch-ups and seal it with clear enamel, but I love how this little house advent has turned out. It will be stored away in the new year for the kids to take full joy from for Christmas 2011.

First I removed all the drawers and painted the house shell cherry red. I then went over the drawers with white paint and made the little handles into red jaffas with that cherry paint.

Using rub-ons and clear stickers, I then added numbers and black silhouettes, then added a few more in white to the roof. Quick, super easy and so effective.

This is just about my first craft project all year, after a manic twelve months of book creating - so it was a joy to spend some time on this little house. I love it and can't wait to use it next year.

8 comments:

Christine said...

oh wow, you clever chicky. i love this idea!!!! :) so beautiful!!! :)

Steph said...

Oh that is sooo clever Ms. McCartney!!! Love the black on the red and white. Wishing you a magic Chrissie :) x x

Nat Kringoudis Melbourne said...

You are one very clever lady! It's gorgeous! Love it.

Susan Fittler said...

Wow!!! love it what an airloom !! Merry Christmas have a hearty festive season... Susan

Kat said...

it's gorgeous, love it.

coolkids said...

beautiful! thecoolkidsblog.com

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

It is so pretty!
Merry Christmas my sweet friend!
XO
Kristin

T~T said...

it is stunning!

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